Jitegemee

Jitegemee, Inc. exists to provide street children with access to formal and vocational education. We believe every child with the desire to learn and the will to succeed should be encouraged to do so. We are dedicated to removing the obstacles that prevent street children from attaining their educational or vocational goals-whether these obstacles are hunger, homelessness or lack of schooling.
Nov 11, 2013

New Education Center Construction Progress!

Building Construction 1
Building Construction 1

Friends,

We want to share with you some exciting updates from Machakos! Thanks to your help, construction on the new education center is well under way. Many of you gave to us three years ago when this project was nothing more than a dream. Because of you we are closer than ever to making it a reality. If you want to kick in a little bit more, it's not too late to do so. But really, we just wanted send you a note of thanks, and share the progress with you! Check out more photos on our Facebook page, and "like us" while you're there: bit.ly/1fulMTd

Thank You!

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Building Construction 2
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Building Construction 3
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Building Construction 4

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Sep 10, 2013

Jitegemee Student Stories: Rosalia

Friends, from time to time we will share with you the life stories of some of our students. We do this so that you can better understand the backgrounds of the students that your donations go to support. Rosalia's story will be the first in this series. For more updates about Jitgemee please follow us on Twitter, and 'like" us on Facebook.

Rosalia's Life Story

 My family started having problems when I was three years old. My father was sick and he couldn’t go to work so we had many needs. He passed away when I was in Grade 5. My mother used to work as a house help trying to get money so that we could have food, she managed to keep me in school until I completed primary school and did my final year exams.

When we got the results, I had done okay, but my mother did not have the money to send me to secondary school. I got angry when she said that, and I decided to run away from home. I decided to go to Machakos to see what people do there.

I met a group of girls who told me how they live on the street, we used to eat from the dustbins, from the waste food thrown out by people. I thought it was a good life. One day I came across a man and asked him to give me money to buy food. He told me I would have to sleep with him in exchange for the money. I agreed.  That is how I started buying drugs. I would buy Khat, marijuana, cigarettes, and others.

 One day while walking around the streets I came across some very smart looking girls. I asked them how come they were so smart.  They told me that they were in school, and asked me if I would like to return to school. I said I would love to return to school.  They said their school was called Jitegemee, and that it was a very nice school. They gave me the directions on how to get there.

I went to Jitegemee and found very welcoming teachers. I told them my problems. I was very happy when they allowed me to join Jitegemee. I don’t know where I would be if it was not for this school.

Jun 11, 2013

Construction has Begun!

Ground Breaking Banner
Ground Breaking Banner

Hello everyone,

We wanted to send you a quick update following the most recent trip of several of our board memebers to visit the program in Machakos. For the first time, we had four board members visiting program at the same time, including our Executive Director, the Board Chair, and two of our most recent board additions (http://www.jitegemee.org/about/board-of-directors/). They also traveled with Patrick Wilke, one of the architects who is helping Jitegemee incorporate a biogas sanitation system as part of the new building construction. The trip was a great success, and the best news of all is that we have officially broken ground on the first phase of the new education center!!

This is no small accomplishment, and it was only made possible through the tireless work and generous contributions of Jtiegemee supporters like yourself. There is still lots of work to do to complete this ambitious project, but we should take a moment to celebrate this significant milestone. Our local Kenyan team planned and executed a beautiful groundbreaking ceremony to mark the occasion. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing some more in-depth commentary from those who took the trip this past May. But for now, we just wanted to say thank you, and pass along some pictures from the event.

Thank you!

The Jitegemee Team

P.S. On June 12th GlobalGiving will match all donations to Jitegemee at 50%. Please take advantage of this opportunity to help us close out fundraising on the new building project!

Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes
Farah Addressing Attendees
Farah Addressing Attendees
Patrick Explaining the Biogas System
Patrick Explaining the Biogas System
Ground Breaking Cake!
Ground Breaking Cake!
Construction Metal
Construction Metal